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Sabres vs. Red Wings preview: Injuries galore

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The Sabres have a number of call ups and replacements thank to a rash of injuries, and this rag-tag squad has to face Detroit tonight.

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Game #48

Buffalo Sabres (19-24-4) vs.
Detroit Red Wings (23-15-8)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG, Bell, FS-D | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Red Wings Blog: Winging It In Motown

Three Questions

1. Will Jake McCabe look any better after his night in press box?

McCabe returns tonight for the injured Josh Gorges, and hopefully his play will return to form as well. The young defenseman was struggling mightily before being benched in Buffalo's last game, and with the Sabres already thin blue line, they can't afford anyone's play to fall off a cliff.

2. It's Cal O'Reilly's turn on the second line, how will he look playing with Eichel?

Thanks to Reinhart's injury, the Sabres will have Cal O'Reilly in the lineup tonight, and he'll play with Eichel and McGinn on the second line. He has 23 points in 39 games for Rochester this year, and one assist in his two games with Buffalo this year.

3. Can the Sabres get through tonight without suffering another injury?

Josh Gorges, Tyler Ennis, Zemgus Girgensons, and now Sam Reinhart are all big pieces of the Sabres puzzle that the team is missing. Will tonight add another name to the injury report, or will the hockey gods show mercy.

Projected BUF lines

Kane - R. O'Reilly - Moulson
C. O'Reilly - Eichel - McGinn
Foligno - Larsson - Gionta
Varone - Schaller - Legwand

Bogosian - Ristolainen
McCabe - Franson
Weber - Pysyk

Goal: Robin Lehner